Kafranbel is a small town in northwest Syria known mainly for fig trees and protest slogans. Since last autumn, its citizens have regularly posted pictures of themselves holding up printed messages for the world about their plight under the Assad regime. Sometimes these are shaming, or thought-provoking – sometimes they're hilarious.
New memes from Kafranbel are a must-see for supporters of Syria's democratic struggle, or anyone who appreciates the power of comedy in the face of unthinkable violence. Yesterday's was an Angry Birds banner, in which the little feathered liberation bombs from the hit app catapult themselves at a shaky house full of green pigs with the faces of Assad, Vladimir Putin and regime-allied clerics. Others make you think about the feebleness of the world's reaction to the Syrian horror – last December, the townspeople held up a sign saying: "Obama's procrastination kills us, we miss Bush's audacity..."
Here's a sample of the people of Kafranbel's ingenuity:
You can follow the fortunes of the banner-makers on Facebook.